BTW Articles

22 Nov

4 Kids Owner Advocates for Sales Tax Fairness

Cynthia Compton of 4 Kids Books & Toys in Zionsville, Indiana, was one of about 40 retailers taking part in a November 16 sales tax advocacy day in Washington, D.C., organized by the Alliance for Main Street Fairness.

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01 Dec

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Sales Tax Fairness

On Wednesday, November 30, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing to discuss the authority of states to collect sales tax on online purchases.

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01 Dec

NRF Sues Federal Reserve Over Swipe Fees

The National Retail Federation, along with the Food Marketing Institute, the National Association of Convenience Stores, and two retailers, has filed a lawsuit charging the Federal Reserve of failing to follow key swipe-fee requirements of The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

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01 Dec

Pennsylvania Issues Sales Tax Fairness Bulletin

At press time, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issued a regulatory bulletin stipulating that, under current sales tax law, remote retailers that have warehouse facilities or online affiliates in Pennsylvania have nexus in the state.

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07 Dec

ICSC Ads and Videos Promote Sales Tax Fairness

The International Council of Shopping Centers has placed full-page ads in support of sales tax equity in a number of publications, including the New York Times. In addition, the organization has launched a sales tax fairness video series, with the first featuring Betsy Burton of The King’s English Bookshop.

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08 Dec

Pennsylvania Clarifies Sales Tax Nexus Laws

A December 1 Pennsylvania Department of Revenue regulatory bulletin makes it clear that under existing sales tax laws remote sellers with nexus in the state through warehouses or online affiliates are required to collect and remit sales tax for purchases made in state.

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15 Dec

Takin’ It to the Press: Betsy Burton on Amazon’s Egregious Behavior

In response to Amazon’s price app promo, Betsy Burton of The King’s English penned a Letter to the Editor of the Salt Lake Tribune. She’s encouraging other booksellers to do the same in order to capitalize on the recent media attention to focus on why indies matter.

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21 Dec

Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Plan to Expand Health Care Choices

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) have introduced a proposal that they say would strengthen Medicare and, in the process, expand health care choices for seniors, individuals under 65, and small businesses.

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05 Jan

Booksellers Urged to Participate in Post-Holiday Survey

ABA is urging members to participate in an important post-holiday survey of independent businesses. Last year’s survey provided unique and important data about the viability of independent businesses and the effectiveness of “Buy Local First” initiatives and garnered attention from more than 200 media outlets.

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25 Jan

Sales Tax Fairness Legislation Introduced in Virginia

A Virginia state senator has introduced legislation aimed at closing the state’s sales tax loophole. Meanwhile, is seeking a sales tax exemption in Florida that would be similar to the ones granted by Tennessee and South Carolina in 2011.

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